5 Real World Skills that Sports Teach Us
December 20, 2013
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There’s more to playing sports than just competing to be the best or to develop the physical fitness of an athlete. Children that begin playing sports at an early age will begin to develop real-world skills that can be applied to all areas of their lives, during childhood and into adulthood. The following are a few of the more important skills that playing sports will help to develop.
- Learning how to deal with failure – Playing sports will teach you how to lose. Losing is almost as important as winning, because everyone will fail at something in life. The important thing is to learn about the failure and to use it to your advantage. Losing a game or a tournament helps teach children that these are temporary losses that can be overcome next time. The same goes for setbacks later in life.
- Learning how to work hard – In order to become good at a certain sport, constant practice is required. Those who practice in order to get better will reap the rewards in terms of improved skills and athletic ability. The same will be applied in life – the harder you work the more you will be rewarded.
- Learning how to work as a team – People who play team sports will learn that the success of the individual is not as important as success of the team. This teaches them humility and selflessness, not to mention that it will teach them how to work well with others in order to achieve a common goal.
- Learning how to make sacrifices – By playing sports, you learn to make certain sacrifices in order to increase your performance or the performance of the team. This may mean small sacrifices such as not being able to watch as much TV or play as many videogames, but they are sacrifices nevertheless. And doing so will help you learn that making personal sacrifices throughout life will help you to advance in your career, thereby improving your life.
- Learning discipline – Practicing in order to improve your skills and performance for yourself or your team takes a lot of discipline. Learning discipline will help throughout your life, whether it’s studying every day for a test or doing your work ahead of time at your job.
These are just a few of the real world skills that playing sports can teach.